02:53AM, Wednesday 09 May 2012
Royal Windsor Horse Show got off to a rainy start today - with worse weather predicted.
The show is one of the most important in the international equestrian calendar and will run at Windsor Great Park until Sunday.
Running simultaneously in the evenings until Sunday will be the Diamond Jubilee Pageant. But although tickets are sold out for that, visitors to the horse show during the day will see some of the choicest acts performing.
Acts from the pageant performing at the horse show during the day include the Kremlin Equestrian School from Russia, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Marwari Dancing Horses of India.
Royal Windsor Horse Show itself is the largest outdoor show of its kind in the UK with more than 3,000 horses and ponies taking part in more than 170 jumping, showing, championship and carriage driving classes.
It is also a firm favourite with the Queen who usually visits it informally over the five days.
Show manager Simon Brooks-Ward said: "As a passionate horsewoman the Royal Windsor Horse Show is close to the Queen's heart and every year she attends to watch her horses and ponies compete."
Tickets for The Royal Windsor Horse Show are available between £10 and £20 with various discounts available for groups, seniors and children.
Visit www.rwhs.co.uk for details.
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